The Best External Hard Drives For PS4 (2021 Reviews)

The PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X are already out.

But the hardware of the PS4 is definitely showing signs of aging, and a problem that many people are facing is limited storage space.

In this day and age when AAA games can easily take up more than 40 GB of space, 500 GB and even 1 TB hard drives can easily fill up, especially if you also store lots of multimedia files as well, be it your own gameplay videos or movies, music, and shows.

Luckily, expanding the storage capacity of your console requires little more than a free USB port! Here are several of the best external hard drives for the PS4 that can double or even quadruple your storage space at a relatively small cost.

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The Pros:

  • Light and compact
  • Sleek design
  • Comes in multiple colors

The Cons:

  • Average performance

About The Product

The first on the list is one of our general favorites, and it is a very popular external HDD that comes from none other than WD.

So, why is the WD My Passport so good? Well, in essence, it is everything that you’d expect out of an eHDD. It is reliable, compact, easy to carry around, and it even comes in several color options, which is quite a refreshment from the usual neutral black, gray, and white that we are used to seeing in external HDDs.

Specifications

Capacity1 TB; 2 TB; 3 TB; 4 TB
Dimensions1 TB model: 110×81.5×21.5mm (4.33×3.21×0.64in)
2-4 TB models: 110×81.5×21.5mm (4.33×3.21×0.85in)
Weight1 TB model: 170g (0.37lb)
2-4 TB models: 250g (0.54lb)
ColorsBlack, White, Blue, Red, Orange, Yellow

Our Thoughts

The WD My Passport has two key strengths: portability and style. As you can see from the table above, it is fairly light and compact, so it’s easy to transport.

Moreover, all the different color options ensure that it can suit virtually anyone’s tastes, though when it comes to the PS4, the black or blue would probably be the most attractive.

There is only one considerable downside to this HDD, and it’s that the performance it offers isn’t exactly stellar compared to some other models, especially when it comes to larger files.

However, if you intend to use it mainly with your console and don’t plan on adding and removing data frequently, you probably won’t even notice.

The Pros:

  • Very light
  • Solid build
  • PS4-inspired black-and-blue color scheme

The Cons:

  • Average performance

About The Product

Next, we have another external HDD from WD, but this time it’s the WD Gaming Drive designed specifically for the PlayStation 4 product. Fundamentally, it’s not much different from the My Passport, but when we say “designed”, we mean mainly the exterior design and the color scheme.

Specifications

Capacity2 TB; 4 TB
Dimensions2 TB model: 110×81.6×12.80mm (4.33×3.21×0.50in)
4 TB model: 110×81.6x21mm (4.33×3.21×0.83in)
Weight2 TB model: 130g (0.29lb)
4 TB model: 230g (0.51lb)
ColorsBlack and Blue

Our Thoughts

As we have already stated in the introduction, the WD Gaming Drive goes for the signature color scheme of the PS4 i.e., black and blue.

The front is made of glossy black plastic, so it doesn’t quite go with the PS4 Slim and the PS4 Pro, but combined with the deep and solid blue, the drive looks great. It is also a bit lighter than the My Passport, but it’s hardly a noticeable difference.

And though it may look good in combination with a PS4, especially if you’re into the black-and-blue aesthetic, it doesn’t offer much compared to the My Passport in terms of performance.

As such, if you don’t prefer one over the other on the grounds of appearance alone, we’d say just go for whichever one of the two is more affordable at the moment.

The Pros:

  • Improved performance
  • Several color options
  • Quality build

The Cons:

  • Short warranty period

About The Product

The next product we have lined up is also a very popular one, and it is the Backup Plus, manufactured by Seagate. And while Seagate doesn’t exactly have a spotless record when it comes to the quality and longevity of their HDDs, the Backup Plus is actually quite fast and reliable for an external HDD.

Specifications:

Capacity1 TB; 2 TB; 4 TB; 5 TB
Dimensions1 TB and 2 TB models: 113.5x76x12.1 (4.46x3x0.47in)
4 TB and 5 TB models: 114.5x78x20.5 (4.5x3x0.8in)
Weight1 TB and 2 TB models: 159g (0.35lb)
4 TB and 5 TB models: 247g (0.5lb)
ColorsBlack, Silver, Blue, Red

Our Thoughts

The Backup Plus comes in several color options that blend nicely with the black body of the drive, including a vibrant red, a sleek brushed silver, and a deep blue which fits the black-and-blue commonly associated with PS4 accessories.

Performance-wise, the read-write speeds are better than your average external HDD, which makes this a great choice if you intend to move large amounts of data to and from it regularly.

In any case, we have nothing bad to say about the HDD itself. If we had to nitpick, we definitely would have liked to see a 3-year manufacturer warranty on this eHDD instead of a 2-year one. After all, it is a performance-oriented solution.

The Pros:

  • Lightweight
  • PS4-inspired color scheme

The Cons:

  • Short warranty period

About The Product

Moving on, we have the Seagate Game Drive, which follows the same design philosophy as the WD Gaming Drive – it is a black and blue external HDD marketed mainly as a PS4 external HDD. Apart from that, it is quite similar to the Backup Plus.

Specifications:

Capacity2 TB; 4 TB
Dimensions2 TB model: 113.5x76x9.6 mm (4.46x3x0.37in)
4 TB model: 113.5x76x20.7mm (4.46x3x0.8in)
Weight2 TB model: 135g (0.30lb)
4 TB model: 2225g (0.5lb)
ColorsBlack and Blue

Our Thoughts

The Seagate Game Drive shares several similarities with the WD Gaming Drive. As already mentioned, they both adopt the black-and-blue color scheme, they both come in 2 TB and 4 TB variants, and they’re a bit lighter than their mainstream counterparts.

In regards to the performance, the Seagate Game Drive, unsurprisingly, doesn’t offer anything groundbreaking. And as with WD’s Gaming Drive, the main reason as to why you’d want to pick it over a mainstream external HDD is the aesthetics.

However, like the Backup Plus, the Seagate Game Drive comes with a 2-year limited warranty, as opposed to the 3-year warranty offered by WD on their external HDDs.

Should You Get An External Hard Drive For Your PS4?

Wd Elements Vs My Passport

Now, as we’ve mentioned in the introduction, PS4’s can easily run out of storage space, especially if you still have a 500 GB original or slim version of the console. But is an external HDD the best solution for your problem? To find this out, simply ask yourself the following:

Do You Want To Install Games On It?

If you’re running out of space to install games, an external HDD may not be the best choice. Why?

Well, even though they present great value when it comes to the price per gigabyte and portability, external hard drives are hardly the best solution performance-wise. This is in no small part due to the USB 3.0 interface, which really can’t compete with the SATA III interface that internal HDDs use.

Wd Elements Vs Passport

As such, if you want to ensure that you get the best value for your money, we’d suggest a 2.5-inch internal HDD instead. Fortunately, Sony has made it easy to replace the hard drive without voiding the warranty, and you can see the official guide to replacing the HDD of your PS4 here.

Now, in the case that you only want to store multimedia files on it and transfer files between your PC/laptop and the console, then an external hard drive is obviously the best bet, not to mention that it is a flexible storage solution that you can take anywhere and use it with all sorts of devices.

The Best External Hard Drive For PS4 – Our Picks

Best External Hard Drives

As you can see, the HDDs listed here don’t really have any significant differences. The performance is fairly similar with most models, they’re all quite lightweight and portable, they all use USB 3.0, the prices are more or less similar, and the design actually ends up making the biggest difference.

That said, when choosing an external hard drive for your PS4, just pick whichever one suits your tastes best. For us, that would have to be the WD My Passport, since it comes in many different colors, though the Seagate Backup Plus is the best choice if you intend on moving large amounts of data frequently.

Meanwhile, the models marketed as PS4 external HDDs would be good choices, too, but as we’ve already said, the only distinguishing feature with those is the color scheme, as they don’t offer any particular benefits when used with a PS4 and they can be used with any other device that supports external HDDs, just like any other external HDD.

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